Sidney Franklin

Sidney Franklin

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Sidney Franklin
Film: South side of the 6500 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Director | Producer | Screenwriter
Born March 21, 1893 in San Francisco, CA
Died May 18, 1972 in Santa Monica, CA

Sidney Franklin was a Hollywood director, producer, screenwriter and actor who became one of MGM’s top directors and producers.

At age 20, Franklin got his start in the industry as an assistant cameraman and eventually he and his brother, Chester M. Franklin, co-directed a number of comedy shorts and features for children, including “Gretchen the Greenhorn” (1916) with Dorothy Gish.

He went to work at MGM in 1926 and directed and produced a number of sophisticated comedies and dramas. He had a close relationship with Irving Thalberg, the studio's "Boy Wonder" production executive, and directed Thalberg’s wife, Norma Shearer, in several films, including “The Actress” (1928), “Smilin' Through” (1932) and “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” (1934).

He also directed Greta Garbo in “Wild Orchids” (1929) and guided Luise Rainer to an Academy Award in “The Good Earth” (1937), for which he earned an Oscar nomination.

He left directing after completing “The Good Earth” and went on to produce some of MGM’s greatest pictures in the 1940s, including “Waterloo Bridge” (1940), “Random Harvest” (1942), and the Academy Award-winning films “Mrs. Miniver” (1942) and "The Yearling" (1946).

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1937 Best Director The Good Earth Nomination
    1942 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award Win

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